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UWA researchers tackle energy crisis with plants

Monday, 15 October 2007

Scientists at The University of Western Australia are racing against the clock to find plants that will provide bio-energy and bio-fuels and be able to perform under the environmental extremes predicted with climate change.

And an inconspicuous, aesthetically-challenged weed, Arabidopsis thaliana (or thale or mouse-eared cress) is offering vital information to researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Plant Metabolomics, to be opened at 4pm today (Monday, October 15, 2007) at UWA, by the Minister for Energy, Resources, Industry and Innovation, Fran Logan.

Rural Clinical School wins national award

Monday, 15 October 2007

The University of Western Australia’s Rural Clinical School has won a prestigious 2007 Carrick Award for its Clinical Learning Embedded in Rural Communities Program.

The program was recognised in the Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching category of the Carrick Awards, which acknowledge the vital contribution made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning in Australia.

Can Australia successfully export democracy?

Friday, 12 October 2007

Join Carmen Lawrence at The University of Western Australia’s UWA Extension public lecture Exporting Democracy, Monday 7 – 8.30pm, October 29, 2007.

Join Carmen Lawrence at a public lecture where she will raise questions about freedom and the modern democracy divide between areas of the world still governed by dictatorships and monarchs and the Australian political system. Can democracy successfully be exported?

Top scientist to focus on sea level changes in public lecture

Friday, 12 October 2007
One of Australia’s leading geophysicists will tackle the hot topic of changing sea levels in a free public talk – the Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture – at The University of Western Australia next week.

Professor Kurt Lambeck, President of the Australian Academy of Science, will review past changes in sea level and the implications for glaciations and past shoreline reconstructions in his lecture Sea level change through the ages: Learning from the past to understand the future.

Symposium marks end of celebrations for Medical School's 50th Anniversary

Friday, 12 October 2007

A unique event which is set to explore the future 50 years of medical research in Western Australia is planned for the culmination of The University of Western Australia’s Medical School’s golden anniversary.

The research symposium entitled Medical Research: Securing the Future Health of our State, will involve a number of high profile international, national and local speakers and is open to the public.

Pushing back agricultural frontiers

Thursday, 11 October 2007
Eight PhD students from four schools within the Institute of Agriculture at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (FNAS) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) recently presented their research to an audience of 60 in a post-graduate showcase, ‘Frontiers in Agriculture and Resource Management’.

Focussing on innovative land management and animal production systems, as well as plant production for the future, the sessions were an opportunity to showcase high quality research and for students to interact with the industry and potential employers.

Nobel laureate seeks volunteers for potentially ground-breaking study

Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall is seeking volunteers to take part in a potentially ground-breaking study.

The study aims to find out if people develop immunity against a common stomach infection called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori.

Prof Marshall and colleagues at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital believe H. pylori could be used to create a new super-vaccine if they can prove people never become immune to it.

Nobel Laureate Prof Barry Marshall to announce new study

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

11:15hrs Tuesday 9 October 2007
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands
All media welcome

Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall will announce details of a new study at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital on Tuesday 9 October.

He will also call for volunteers to take part in the study which aims to determine if people develop immunity to a common stomach infection called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori or if they are always open to re-infection.

UWA programs win national awards

Monday, 8 October 2007

Three outstanding teaching and learning programs at The University of Western Australia have been recognised with 2007 Carrick Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson said the awards rewarded the efforts of individual staff members to enhance the quality of student learning.

“UWA staff have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and quality teaching and it is particularly pleasing to see staff rewarded for their commitment in winning three out of 14 institutional awards,” Professor Robson said.

New research funding awarded to help find cane toad Achille's heel

Friday, 5 October 2007

WA researchers have hailed the Carpenter Government’s decision to provide extra funding for a project that could deliver a biological answer to stopping cane toads entering the State.

After boom, what next? asks WA's chief scientist at UWA

Thursday, 4 October 2007
We are enjoying an economic boom but, when this abates, we will depend on our ingenuity and innovation, underpinned by scientific know-how, according to Western Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley.

Professor Beazley will give a free public lecture, Science Matters for the Future of Western Australia, at The University of Western Australia, in the University Club’s Theatre Auditorium, at 6pm on Tuesday (October 9) as part of the annual Karrakatta Club address.

UWA welcomes $9M federal government grants

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Two Federal Government Capital Development Pool grants of $3 million for The University of Western Australia’s new Business School, and $1 million for its Albany Centre, were a welcome and significant contribution to the State’s infrastructure, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said today.

“The Federal Government’s $3 million grant towards the construction of our new $47 million business school is a significant contribution to UWA’s ability to further enhance the quality of its business education programs,” Professor Robson said.

UWA joins Rotary in 50th birthday celebrations

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Without the support of Rotary Western Australia, this State might not be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The University of Western Australia’s Medical School this year.

This special long-term relationship between Rotary and the Medical school will be commemorated on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at 6pm with the unveiling of a plaque by the Governor, Dr Ken Michael, also a Rotarian.

UWA researcher tackles trading hours

Wednesday, 3 October 2007
With debate about WA’s retail trading hours hotting up as the Christmas rush draws near, The University of Western Australia has appointed a researcher to tackle the issue.

After studying women’s involvement with Australian Rules football for her PhD thesis, Dr Deborah Hindley, recently appointed Research Fellow for UWA’s Centre for Advanced Consumer Research, is now taking on the emotive issue of shopping hours.

Maths whiz kids battle it out at UWA

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing and equestrian events were almost all that were on offer when the Olympic Games began in ancient Greece about 3000 years ago.

“If they were alive today, the Greek mathematicians Euclid and Pythagoras would probably be delighted to know that The University of Western Australia has its own version of the old games,” UWA’s Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Professor Cheryl Praeger, said.

Music for life, UWA for music

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Mozart said that to stop music would be to stop time and Dumbledore, JK Rowling’s wizard headmaster, acknowledged that music was more magical than magic itself. With that in mind, The University of Western Australia’s School of Music is keeping up with the times with its exciting new Music for Life program.

Music and medicine, music psychology, ethno-musicology, music theatre and opera studies are just some of the vibrant and inclusive courses beginning next year.

UWA students take top honours in economics prize

Friday, 28 September 2007
Two students from The University of Western Australia have won the top national awards in the inaugural Reserve Bank of Australia Economics Competition.

Callum Jones, 20, of Floreat, won the $1500 first prize while Virginia Gogan, 19, of Coogee, took second prize of $750. Both students are in their third year, both studying double degrees in Law and Economics.

The students’ essays addressed the consequences of an ageing population for Australia’s future productivity and economic growth, and the associated economic policy challenges.

UWA Water Research celebrates 25 years

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Celebrating its 25th anniversary and moving into refurbished premises will not distract The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Water Research from its commitment to creating sustainable design and management systems for our catchments, rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal seas.

The Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training Julie Bishop will open the renovated CWR at 11am tomorrow (Friday, September 28) on the UWA campus.

UK expert to discuss why we should let children take risks

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Parents may be doing their children more harm than good by eliminating or minimising risks in their lives, according to one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood and children’s play.

In a public lecture to be held this Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 6pm in UWA’s Octagon Theatre, childhood expert Tim Gill will discuss the growth of the zero-tolerance approach to childhood risk across the developed world and its ramifications for childhood development.

New website menu a smorgasbord for growers

Thursday, 20 September 2007
NEW WEBSITE MENU A SMORGASBORD FOR GROWERS

Growers and people working in agribusiness who have ever yearned for computer access to Green Manure or Lime Calculators or just a down-to-earth look at soil properties in their region of WA need look no further.

Dr Daniel Murphy from the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences and Institute of Agriculture at The University of Western Australia (UWA) has launched a free interactive website designed with such clients in mind.